Walmart Disappointed that Supreme Court Will Consider Class Action
Decision to hear Dukes v. Walmart Stores class action challenge misguided
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided to consider whether the sex discrimination charges of the more than one million female plaintiffs in Dukes v. Walmartcan go forward as a single class action lawsuit. Walmart claims the number of plaintiffs is too large to constitute a class, despite statistical analysis that shows a pattern of nationwide sex discrimination in its retail stores.
“This is a deeply disappointing action by the Supreme Court,” said Cynthia Murray , a Walmart Associate from Laurel, Maryland. “Walmart believes it is too big for justice, but the gender discrimination at Walmart stores is documented and real. Women Associates all over the United States have lost promotions and pay raises simply by being female, costing them and their families hundreds of millions of dollars. The women of Walmart deserve their day in court.”
If the Supreme Court decides the women of Dukes cannot continue with their case as a class action lawsuit, each woman will have to bring individual suit to try and recover lost wage rates and promotions. Most of these women will be unable to do so, and Walmart will have gotten away with widespread sex discrimination.
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